A single artist can have multiple beats ready at one time, but sometimes the public is not ready! So they release them periodically, when the moment is right. Producer from Chicago Machobeatz releases some music that has us on the edge for more. Rockin with a streak last summer with a Pillow Talk remix, tracks AYYE & BOI following his DOVGHNVTS LP release we know he is sitting on some fire. His latest on soundcloud They Love Me (Not) reminds you of that. With work released on Chicago artist Adot‘s project Midnightt recently among other producers from the GOAT Haus studio at Fortknox, it only means more music to uncover! You can can find some of his more exclusive work on Traktrain here.
If you need motivation to make a move look to Bagg$. Working out of Ever Evolved studio he found his among like minded people, taking a freestyle hip hop hobby to the booth. With some help and guidance from Evolved artists, producers and associates Bagg$ finishes and releases his debut mixtape Bag Talk. Being so naturally talented you could not even tell this was his first project he sounds like a veteran. Already rocking crowds at AMFM Gallery and Subterranean with trap anthems, you will hear why we call him Bagg$, you are going to want to keep a tab on him.
Anything you can think of he already did it! From music videos in the streets to the skyscrapers, rocking underground and main-stages, touring in and out of cities and states. Coming into the warmer Chicago seasons with an established sound and an expanding volume of content Rhymster keeps it going with new release after another. Pulling out a collab recently, alongside a couple singles and a music video. This is only what he is doing as an artist, behind the scenes is a different story.
With endless flows Rhymster works with certain producers within his circle that know him well and vice versa. If not he makes his own beat as he did with Face It and Don’t in which he had Frekwenzy join. This follows a couple more collaborations and singles from Ever Evolved studio artists and close associates. Linking up with producers Forest Fire, YaBoySlaps and reuniting with Henrik3000, all within the last month or so. Rhymster yet finds time to revisit Don’t to reward it some visuals.
Armed with a camera attachment and Brandon Holmes directing, Rhymster tours the city of Chicago blaring Don’t on the speakers. Turning a simple idea into an eye catching city-scape montage synchronized to beat, they do a great job capturing some of the cities historic landmark buildings and roads. Cruising through the city where he is building himself a legacy, being a boss and planning his next moves. Follow his social media pages and soundcloud below to keep up.
Reminiscing back to Show N Love at Sub T in Wicker Park you have to be reminded of the talent brewing in Ever Evolved Studio. Plenty of recent releases and events coming and going. A couple of independent singles and a wild collab track. We also had our buddy and talented videographer Brandon Holmes put together a highlight video of some successful events and celebrations, holding only a little bit of an idea of whats to come!
The video would be covering bits of footage from up to three events, recorded by Brandon and Canon Montana, showing the vibrant crowds that come to support. Background music is produced and recorded in house as well with the producers and hip hop artists and Ever Evolved members on stage and on screen, Rhymster and Radcliff. Engineers Gridlock Andy and Frekwenzy showing love at the studio with amazing produciton.
Most recently a project packed with Ever Evolved artists and affiliates release a single Check A Bagg produced by DJ Marskiss. Rhymster, Radcliff, Terry Tertiary, Candy Irene, Mike Booth, Safe G and Essse with the huge collaboration and a mouthful ofwords onto a 3 minute beat. A unique blend of styles between all these creatives. Interesting enough all these artists are scheduled to release more independent singles and collaboration projects and singles heading into the warmer seasons so follow for updates!
Keeping their names separate as a way to isolate their unique talents as indivdual artists the Burn Twins, Elton & Bedows form this band of creatives. They do not commit to a singular brand or name, which can make it interesting keeping track of their work. Coming in with fresh sound and energy altogether they have pulled off many collabs as a whole or paired off, freely performing with who ever works with eachother best. Artist like theMIND, Nafet, Akenya, KAINA, Thelonious Martin, Omar Apollo and more and worked with one of more of this collaborative group.
All of them are multi talented at some level they all bring their own unique sound together, and work within each other. Finding a perfect balance between their musical influences, instrumentation and vocal work. Never overpowering one another, each individuals talent emphasized to give credit where credit is due, as the collaboration intended. The Burns Twins (Eddie and IZ) and Bedows share music production and instrumentation talent. Elton Aura works the mic as a writer and rapper and there is much jazz and soul influence between them all. The producers are also adding backup vocals to their resume as they cover ins and outs for Elton as they adapt to each other.
Talking to DJ Booth in an interview following their Sun Showers release they highlight some of the ideas that was put into this project. Creating something that personified their feeling for the year in Chicago. “It is the duty of the artist to reflect the times”, Elton explains paraphrasing Nina Simone. Sun Showers is a metaphor reflecting Chicago’s turbulence. “It looks happy, It looks nice, it looks sunny, but its still raining”. A sentiment that can stand the test of time with these songs.
theMIND may be one of if not the more recognizable names out in the Chicago local music scene working within THEMPeople. He can be found just about every where you look, just about ruling his own world. Working with the likes of Pivot Gang, Zero Fatigue and SAVEMONEY artists, NoName, Stefan Ponce, Mick Jenkins, Knox Fortune, Burns Twins; the influence is every where. When not workin with others his independent work is flawless and you can hear why he is such a pillar in the community. Recently with production by Matty Joynt, EW2RTW soothes with a calming guitar melody and vocals a great song to add to your playlist.
Bringing together a collective of talented artists Emily Blue writes a piece following the Las Vegas tragedy honoring all the victims of any tragedy with a song of peace and love. Collecting all proceeds to Cure Violence Chicago, using her influence to fuel a good cause. Chicago can always use the positivity, bringing together as much as 15 influential local artists really sends a message that there is a community within the city. Following the release was an Empower benefit show at a sold out Shubas with Yomi and Anna Agosta. Below is a list of all the other artist you have to look out for this year that took part of this project.
Yomi – Anna Agosta – Matthew Santos – Olive IV – Nehemiah Harris Joslyn-Marie – Good At Bad – Dan Durley – Raven Byerly – Gem Tree – Carlile – Ric Wilson – Moonrise Nation – JDP – James Moore Evan Ireland – Evan Opitz – Ben Montalbano – Mariel Fechik – Joseph Meland
Usually PDA is underappreciated or downright frowned upon. London Lo turns that around with her deput EP giving a new definition to the acronym as only an artist can. With her debut EP Public Display of Artistry she affectionately displays sound and emotion with an acapella performance. Immediately putting her in the spotlight for such a distinctive project. The Chi-town raised Texan gets close with her audience with her powerfully soothing vocals.
Introducing the EP with a melody expressing wide vocal range, talent as strong as her passion. She wanted the project to be stripped down and exposed, yet regal and elegant as her cover photo represents, and you can feel it in her voice. Singing about the struggles of an artist but recognizing her place and what life has awaiting her, carrying a very hopeful vibe. The album recorded produced entirely by herself. She had friend Brian Cabanatuan to mix the whole deal as well. Is it just me or would seeing this performed live on a loop station be a dream come true?
Not forgetting about the producers this year. They are getting the right recognition and starting with Aced Spade, he is doin it right. Equiped as a producer, DJ and dancer and maybe some other hidden talents we have yet to find. Someone give him a mic lets see. Ringing in the new year with Marko Stat$ at Subterranean in Wicker Park at Ever Evolveds Cold Front stage with the crowd rocking to new music.
Feelin’ the new year vibes he releases a remix that is Not Bad, Just Boujee days following the Cold Front. Afterwards Outta Sight Clothing would announce a cypher beat created by the one and only. Then Aced would just come back and one up himself with another remix. Taking aim at up and coming Chicago artist Simone, whom just recently dropped the Ready EP. Good Girl is the perfect track to meld into Aced Spades dynamic style. Set to perform at the Beat Kitchen you can hear these dope tracks there follow him for the info!
Chicagos’ Marko Stat$ gets on the mic and spits off the top. Hopping on an old school boom bap styled beat Stat$ reminds us of his skills on the mic. We get a little hint of his politics in the tracks cover art. Following his Power music video release Marko has been having a good month to start off 2018. Ending and starting a year on stage at Subterranean in Wicker Park at the Cold Front presented by Ever Evolved, we will be also be seeing a cypher upcoming with Outta Sight Clothing and more music in the works. Just to start out , this is one artist to keep an eye out for this year!